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Guest Review: A Wizard of Earthsea

Follow the story of Ged as he takes off on a dangerous quest to vanquish an evil shadow he accidentally unleashed...

Recommended Ages: 11+


"The island of Gont, a single mountain that lifts its peak a mile above the storm-racked Northeast sea, is a land famous for wizards. From the towns in its high valleys and the ports on its dark narrow bays many a Gontishman has gone forth to serve the Lords of the Archipelago in their cities as wizard or mage, or, looking for adventure, to wander working magic from isle to isle of all Earthsea. Of those some say the greatest, and surely the greatest voyager, was the man called Sparrowhawk, who in his day became both dragonlord and Archmage. His life is told of in the Deed of Ged and in many songs, but this is a tale of the time before his fame, before the songs were made.” -- A Wizard of Earthsea


Set in an imaginary world of islands and adventure, Ursula Le Guin’s A Wizard of Earthsea follows the story of a young man named Ged (known as Sparrowhawk) who travels from his village in the island of Gont to Roke, home to the legendary school for wizards. But when he tries to prove his skills to another boy named Jasper by raising a spirit of the dead, the spell goes wrong and an evil shadow is unleashed instead. Now it is up to Get to hunt down the shadow and put it back where it belongs… or be devoured by it.


This is a story of wizardry and spells, of dragons and monsters, of stormy seas and unknown lands, and most of all, a story of facing your fears and looking them right in the face. I love this book and would give it six stars out of five. So if you have a spare moment, or are looking for something to read, please try out this book. I will be very happy. I recommend this book to ages 11 and up, although you may find it difficult because of long sentences and hard words.


Guest Reviewer Vera is 11 (12 in September) and is from New York (not the city).


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